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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Awards Federal Ammunition a .223 Remington Ammunition Contract

Federal Ammunition was recently awarded a major contract from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Starting delivery in 2019, the multi-agency contract (MAC) provides for up to $75 million of .223 Rem duty ammunition to multiple Department of Homeland Security law enforcement components and other federal agencies for up to five (5) years. This contract will provide the organization’s agents and officers with .223 Rem duty and training ammunition.

“We are proud to provide the highest quality duty ammunition to DHS agents in the field,” said Federal Ammunition President Jason Vanderbrink. “Officers in the field require the highest quality ammunition at their disposal, in their vigilant fight to protect our freedoms. Federal Tactical ammunition ensures the highest performance threshold, and absolute officer confidence in terminal performance.”

Federal Tactical is a trusted partner for some of the most intense conditions encountered by law enforcement. It achieves accuracy and terminal performance that defeats tough barriers with minimal deviation. The ammunition utilizes the highest quality Federal brass, projectiles and primers. Service to training, full-autos to patrol rifles, Federal Tactical offers outstanding technical performance and value.

ICE, which was created in 2003, is tasked with promoting homeland security and safety, as well as enforcing federal laws governing border control, immigration, customs and trade. The agency has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 stateside offices and 46 foreign countries. Its annual budget is roughly $6 billion. ICE executes its mission through the enforcement of more than 400 federal statutes, and focuses on immigration enforcement, terrorism prevention and combating the illegal movement of people and trade.

Federal Ammunition – is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal ammunition, go to www.federalpremium.com.

American Outdoor Brands Corporation Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Financial Results

American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: AOBC), one of the world’s leading providers of firearms and quality products for the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast, today announced financial results for the second quarter fiscal 2019, ended October 31, 2018.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Financial Highlights

  • Quarterly net sales were $161.7 million compared with $148.4 million for the second quarter last year, an increase of 8.9%.
  • Gross margin for the quarter was 34.9% compared with 34.2% for the second quarter last year.
  • Quarterly GAAP net income was $6.7 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared with net income of $3.2 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the comparable quarter last year.
  • Quarterly Non-GAAP net income was $11.0 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared with $6.3 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the comparable quarter last year. GAAP to non-GAAP adjustments to net income exclude a number of acquisition-related costs, including amortization, one-time transaction costs, and fair value inventory step-up expense. For a detailed reconciliation, see the schedules that follow in this release.
  • Quarterly non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDAS was $26.7 million, or 16.5% of net sales, compared with $23.1 million, or 15.5% of net sales, for the comparable quarter last year.

James Debney, American Outdoor Brands Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased with our second quarter operational and financial results, which reflect year-over-year increases in revenue and profitability in both our Outdoor Products & Accessories segment and our Firearms segment. Our Outdoor Products & Accessories segment, a strategically important market that we first entered just four years ago, generated approximately one-third of our revenue in the quarter. Sales growth occurred in both our Hunting & Shooting product categories, as well as our Cutlery & Tool product categories, and came from a variety of retailers, particularly our online retailers. We continued to expand our addressable market in electro-optic products with the launch of several new Crimson Trace products including rifle scopes designed for short, medium, and long-range applications, as well as five new, innovative red dot sights. In our Firearms segment, revenue growth reflected the success of our ‘bundle’ promotions booked earlier in the year and shipped in the second quarter. New firearm products, which we define as products launched within the past twelve months, represented 26.6% of our firearm revenue in the quarter and included strong sales of our M&P Shield 380 EZ pistol, which we launched in February of this year.”

“We made significant progress in the quarter on the completion of our new Logistics & Customer Services facility in Missouri – an important strategic initiative supporting our objective to be the leading provider of quality products for the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast. This 632,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility will serve as our centralized logistics, warehousing, and distribution operation, for all of our products, facilitating our growth, enhancing our efficiencies, and allowing us to better serve customers across our entire organization. We remain on track to begin ramping initial operations in the near future.”   Continue reading

Henry Repeating Arms Celebrates a Century of the Cody Stampede Rodeo

A limited edition series of lever action rifles pays tribute to one of America’s longest-running professional rodeos.

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the Cody Stampede Rodeo, one of America’s longest running successful professional rodeos, and Henry Repeating Arms is tipping their hat to the centennial celebration with an exclusive 100th Anniversary Cody Stampede Rodeo lever action rifle in the iconic caliber of .45 Colt.

The rifles are available for sale to the public and all proceeds are applied to the celebration and preservation of the history of Cody, Wyoming as the “Rodeo Capital of the World.”

Baron Engraving of Trumbull, CT embellished the rifles with highly detailed scrollwork engraving on the bright silver receivers which is surrounded with a 24K gold-filled lasso motif. The top of the receiver is engraved with the words, “1919 | Cody Stampede Centennial | 2019.” The rifles are built on Henry’s Big Boy Silver platform featuring a blued steel octagonal barrel, fully adjustable semi-buckhorn sights and a brass bead front sight, and fancy-grade American walnut stocks.

Henry President and Owner, Anthony Imperato says, “Cody, Wyoming is one of those places in this country that just oozes American history and a distinct Old West frontier vibe, and it’s a pleasure to celebrate that history with them. We really appreciate the great folks at the Cody Stampede Rodeo choosing our rifles for their centennial anniversary, and hopefully they will go a long way to preserving this important American heritage for another 100 years.”

The limited edition rifles will be available for sale to the public for $1,919 through the Cody Stampede office and Rocky Mountain Discount Sports of Cody, WY. All sales inquiries and requests for further information should be directed to info@codystampederodeo.com or the Cody Stampede Board Office at PO Box 1327, Cody, WY 82414, (307) 587-5155.

All Henry firearms can be purchased through a licensed firearms dealer. Most dealers offer a discount off of the MSRP. For more information about Henry Repeating Arms and its products visit henryusa.com or call 866-200-2354.

Superior Russian Ammunition Now Available

Barnaul brand ammunition is finally available in the U.S.

MKS Supply is the first U.S. company to start working with Barnaul to import/market and sell a wide selection of Barnaul branded ammunition in the U.S.

Barnaul has produced high quality ammunition for more than 70 years. It has been used all over the world, and the company currently produces a variety of privately labeled ammunition sold in the US market by multiple US companies.

Barnaul is one of the few privately owned Russian ammunition companies approved to supply ammunition to the Russian Army. Its high standards and extreme quality control measures have also earned Barnaul the privilege of supplying the Russian Special Forces with its superior ammunition.

The Barnaul brand is new to the U.S. market, but it is known worldwide for providing premium ammunition at an affordable price. Barnaul uses steel casings and evolutionary machining techniques to produce economical ammunition in both polymer and lacquered finishes, while not compromising quality.

MKS Supply (exclusive marketer for both Hi-Point Firearms and Inland Manufacturing) will initially import the following Barnaul ammunition: 7.62×39, .223 (5.56×45 NATO inclusive), 6.5 Grendel, 5.45x 39, .308 (7.62×51 NATO), 7.62×54 rimmed, .30-06 Springfield, .45 ACP, and 9mm Browning/Luger/Makarov. Many of the listed calibers will also offer various bullet weights and bullet configurations, including FMJ, SP, HP, FMJBT, HPBT, and SPBT.

Barnaul branded ammunition will be available through retailers nationally beginning the first of December. Drop by the MKS Supply booth 16144 at the 2019 SHOT Show to check out this ammunition, Hi-Point Firearms and Inland Manufacturing.

SIG SAUER Expands Legion Series Pistols with P938 and P238 Micro-Compact

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the expansion of the Legion Series of firearms with the introduction of the P938 and P238 micro-compact pistols. Legion is an exclusive product line developed by SIG SAUER based on input from elite shooting professionals, and designed to exceed the expectations of the serious shooter.

“The introduction of these two micro-compact pistols to the Legion Series was driven by our Legion members whom have been asking us to expand this product line,” began Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “With the addition of the Legion series P938 and P238 pistols, not only have we have expanded our Legion series of pistols, we have also introduced an entirely new category of pistols to Legion with the micro-compact.”

The Legion Series P238 and P938 micro-compact pistols are both 9mm, hammer-fired pistols, equipped with X-RAY3 Day/Night Sights. These pistols are all-metal with a Legion-gray coated slide and frame, a precision machined aluminum trigger, custom high-checkered black G10 grips with a Legion medallion. Like all Legion Series pistols the P238 and P938 feature a reduced and contoured elite beavertail, which allows for a higher grip, but a reduced profile, thus eliminating printing. The Legion Series P238 and P938 pistols come standard with three 7-round magazines.

SIG SAUER’s Legion is an exclusive members-only access program available to owners of the SIG SAUER Legion Series of firearms. Upon registration of any Legion Series firearm, members receive a complimentary thermo-mold carrying case, a challenge coin matched to the firearm, exclusive access to Legion gear and merchandise, and receive exclusive communications from SIG SAUER and the Legion.

The P238 Legion Series Micro-Compact:
Total length: 5.5”
Barrel Length: 2.7”
Weight (incl. magazine): 15.2 oz.
Height: 4.3”
Width: 1.1”
Sight Radius: 3.8”
MSRP: $850.00

The P938 Legion Series Micro-Compact:
Total length: 5.9”
Barrel Length: 3.0”
Weight (incl. magazine): 17 oz.
Height: 4.3”
Width: 1.1”
Sight Radius: 4.0”
MSRP: $904.00

The Legion Series P238 and P938 micro-compact pistol is available in retail stores.

To learn more about the complete Legion series of firearms from SIG SAUER visit sigsauer.com/legion.

About SIG SAUER, Inc.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is a leading provider and manufacturer of firearms, electro-optics, ammunition, airguns, suppressors, and training. For over 100 years SIG SAUER, Inc. has evolved, and thrived, by blending American ingenuity, German engineering, and Swiss precision. Today, SIG SAUER is synonymous with industry-leading quality and innovation which has made it the brand of choice amongst the U.S. Military, the global defense community, law enforcement, competitive shooters, hunters, and responsible citizens. Additionally, SIG SAUER is the premier provider of elite firearms instruction and tactical training at the SIG SAUER Academy – a world class, state-of-the-art, 140-acre training facility. SIG SAUER is headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, and has more than 1,700 employees across eight locations, and is the largest member of a worldwide business group that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany. For more information about the company and product line visit: sigsauer.com.

Mantis wins Best Accessory of 2018

Mantis Tech is humbled to receive the coveted 2018 Caliber Award for Best Accessory at the prestigious NASGW Awards Dinner. Read the GunLink review of the Mantis X system here.

The award is determined by an expert panel of 18 members of NASGW and POMA.

“Two minutes before receiving the award, 90% percent of the members of NASGW had no idea who Mantis is,” says President Austin Allgaier. “And 90% of them still probably have an incomplete picture of what we do. Kudos to the NASGW-POMA panel for recognizing small upstarts making significant waves of innovation in the industry.”

Mantis manufactures the MantisX: a small, powerful precision sensing device that tracks the minutest of movements, collecting thousands of datapoints per second. Once rail-mounted, it analyzes shooter movements, and sends the data over Bluetooth to the MantisX app for smartphones and tablets.

“With the pending public launch of 4 new products at SHOT Show 2019, our pace of innovation is only accelerating. Combining powerful electronics with complex software and big data, we’re making tremendous breakthroughs in changing how we all shoot,” says Allgaier.

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